The site is highly modified from former cane farming practices which has reduced habitat values for many native species.
Extensive fauna surveys have been undertaken by leading experts to inform the design of the new Twin Waters community. Following seasonal and day and night surveys, experts have determined there are site values to support threatened species and these are concentrated in the central wetland area . This area is designated in the master plan as a conservation zone.
Species that access or live within the mature vegetation in the centre of the site will continue to be able to do so as this vegetation will be retained and protected. The planning allows for kangaroos to access this open space and connections to other offsite habitat areas.
A detailed site-specific ecological report is included in Stockland’s application to Council and available for public review. Further information has been provided in response to Council’s information request.
Fauna – kangaroos:
Stockland actively monitors the local kangaroo population to understand movement patterns and where they seek shelter. Itinerant kangaroos are present on the project site. They also move throughout the broader Twin Waters and Bli Bli locality across many kilometres, with a likely local habitat of over 1,500 ha. Should the project be approved, only a relatively small area of habitat will be removed, with over 95% of the habitat remaining. Of this, ~290 ha are protected areas. These changes will have no impact on the viability of the kangaroo population, as they are itinerant and have access to large habitat areas.
The sustainability of the kangaroo population is intrinsic to the planning for the new community to ensure they remain a feature of Twin Waters. A key feature is to continue access to open space in the conservation zone and linkages to broader habitat areas beyond the project site.
Stockland’s objective is to achieve successful and sustainable co-existence through application of best practice kangaroo management methodologies.
Stockland has sought best practice, professional advice and will apply practical measures to ensure the population can be sustained. Removing, relocating or euthanising the kangaroos is not an option or consideration.
Positive, practical measures are nominated to retain foraging areas, shelter and safe movement for kangaroos. These include:
- preserving access to open space and foraging areas
- provision of corridors connected to open space and major offsite foraging areas – the offsite land is part of conservation areas or is located outside the urban footprint
- ensuring connectivity of onsite wildlife corridors with offsite conservation areas which are regularly accessed by the kangaroos for foraging and shelter
- a large wildlife underpass beneath the major onsite road which will be suitable for kangaroos
- prominent driver awareness signage and cues
- protection of remnant vegetation with adjacent foraging areas
- prevention of access to the David Low Way and Sunshine Motorway from the site boundary removing the risk of car strike and mortality
- adaptive management through ongoing population monitoring and active assessment of emerging management techniques, including new technologies
- appropriate fencing positioned during construction to ensure no contact with equipment or machinery.
If approved, the new community will be created gradually over many years, allowing the kangaroo population to adapt while they are kept safe and sustained through the measures listed above.
Stockland will continue to actively assess other best-practice management options to sustain the population, as part of a site-specific kangaroo management plan.
Kangaroo management plan: a kangaroo management plan will be prepared with the advice of experts and in consultation with Council. As part of the preparation of this plan, Stockland will also engage with interested stakeholders, including the local community. We expect the plan will include many of the practical measures described above, including active monitoring and responsible site management.
For more information:
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